Why Same-Sex Marriage Will Never Measure Up To The Real Thing

Aug 24, 2015 by

By Dustin Siggins and David Flynn, The Federalist: According to American icon and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” This bit of wisdom is seen in many of America’s policies and traditions, including the abolition of slavery and our respect for religious liberty. It’s also why marriage deserves special attention from government — and its redefinition does not. What is it about marriage that earns special attention from government when no other sexual relationship does? As David toldHuffington Post reporter Jen Bendery last month on a panel at The Daily Caller, marriage has numerous benefits that areexclusive to heterosexual relationships. Here are four reasons same-sex marriage will never measure up to the real thing: Read here...

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Fifth same-sex marriage attempt expected in NI

Aug 24, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: A Sinn Féin MLA has signalled that the party will mount another attempt to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Caitríona Ruane, MLA for South Down, issued a statement claiming that ‘civil rights’ are “at the core” of Sinn Féin’s push to redefine marriage. Same-sex marriage legislation was rejected by the Northern Ireland Assembly for the fourth time earlier this year. The statement on Sinn Féin’s website reads: “Sinn Féin gave a commitment to campaign for marriage equality and given the recent moves in both Britain and the South of Ireland we believe the time is right to extend these rights to the north.” Read here  ...

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A voice of experience on same-sex parenting

Aug 24, 2015 by

Katy Faust, who was brought up by two lesbians, on the missing element in her life.  Here, on her visit to Australia, she talks to Tony Jones, Lateline host. Read more here  

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Book designed to teach LGBT awareness to young children distributed to English schools

Aug 23, 2015 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: A new book aimed at teaching junior schools children about same sex marriage is to be distributed to schools across England, and translated into Welsh. Prince Henry tells the tale of a young prince who decides to marry his servant, Thomas, despite his parents’ objections that it is against the law as Thomas “is poor”, and therefore “not equal.” The book is being distributed by Pop’n’Olly, a company which produces YouTube videos promoting social diversity and the breaking of gender stereotypes, including families headed by same sex couples. It also creates educational material for use in classrooms and by parents, such as a short video explaining the origins of the pride movement’s rainbow flag. Founder Olly Pike said his motive in setting up the YouTube channel was to overcome discrimination and promote acceptance: “I feel the best way to battle discrimination for future generations is to start with children. We should educate them about a wider cross-section of society and teach acceptance with regards to love, kindness and respect.” Read here...

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Evangelicals, orthodoxy and same sex relationships: key responses

Aug 22, 2015 by

Evangelical Episcopalians Begin Long Slide away from Orthodoxy on Same Sex Marriage by David W Virtue, DD, VOL: In what was once thought to be almost impossible to imagine or think, evangelicals in The Episcopal Church are slowly abandoning the solid foundation of Scripture on human sexuality… …Even as other liberal mainline denominations slowly rolled over, three groups remain staunchly opposed to changing the Church’s received teaching on sexuality. Mormons, Roman Catholics, and Evangelicals of one stripe or another remained firm that homosexuality activity is contrary to God’s law. This was reinforced by the rising influence of the Global South… …Evangelicals stood stubbornly on Scripture…Then an evangelical sea change occurred. Certain evangelical leaders began to roll over. A new poll released by evangelical research firm LifeWay Research in April of this year demonstrated this shift. It showed that 66 percent of American evangelicals, fundamentalists, and born-again believers say that same-sex relationships go against God’s will. While still a majority, it is a substantial decline from just three years ago, when the same poll found that 82 percent held this view. Still and all, evangelicals in the Episcopal Church (those who had not left for greener spiritual pastures like the ACNA, Ordinariate, or Rome) remained firm on Scriptural principle that there is no allowable legitimate sexual expression outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Now another sea change has occurred. The Episcopal Bishop of Central Florida and the rector of the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, PA, the flagship evangelical episcopal parish in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and one its largest and most prestigious parishes, announced that they would now accommodate practicing homosexuals in “covenanted” relationships. Read here   2. See also The Bible and Same Sex Relationships: a Review Article, by Tim Keller, Redeemer Report Editor’s note: Keller writes an excellent, fair and compelling outline of the arguments of ‘evangelicals’ who are pro same-sex relationships, focussing on Vines, Matthew, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same Sex Relationships, Convergent Books, 2014, and Wilson, Ken, A Letter to My Congregation, David Crum Media, 2014. He sets out six arguments that the revisionists make, and courteously but firmly explains why they are wrong: Knowing gay people personally – why must this change our theology? Consulting historical scholarship – did the ancients really not know about ‘equal’ same sex relationships? Re-categorizing same sex relationships – analogies between the church’s view of slavery, divorce and homosexuality do not stand up. Revising biblical authority – who has the right to determine the Bible’s meaning: today’s Christian, or the Bible itself? ‘Being on the wrong side of history’ – this comes from (wrong) Enlightenment ideas about goodness of humanity and its inevitable progress. Missing the biblical vision – revisionist thinking misunderstands or denies “Scripture’s high and glorious vision of sexuality”. As one of the world’s foremost practitioners of urban mission in Western culture, and the author of an excellent book on marriage, Keller’s views are field-tested and this article is...

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A clear and present danger

Aug 22, 2015 by

From Family Research Council: President Obama, America’s Commander-In-Chief, is aggressively attacking what he believes is the greatest threat to the U.S. Armed Forces. No, not ISIS. Not Hamas. Not Russia, China, Iran, or North Korea. It’s Christian servicemen and women who dare to practice their faith openly. As President Obama has radically transformed the military, removing the prohibition against open homosexuality and now pushing to lift the ban on transgenderism in the military, there appears to be room for anyone and everything but Christians and Christianity. Family Research Council (FRC) has been the foremost defender of religious freedom in our nation’s armed forces. Time and time again, we have exposed the President’s agenda to banish the strong religious component that has long been a cornerstone of American military life. Given the dangerous world in which we live, our military should not be distracted from its core mission: to win and fight our nation’s wars. Despite the growing threats against our nation, President Obama is undeterred in his efforts to make our nation’s armed forces a far Left social experiment. Read here...

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